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Old Journal Entry from 2008

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Since the journal is going away on June 10 (if you have any journal entries or calendar items you might want to move them to another calendar and journal!!!) I want to save this entry from 2008. I guess I used the Blog for everything else!

So, it rained today...went to the gym instead of some outdoor exercise. Treadmill first, noticed my heart rate stayed low for the first mile, and didn't raise as fast as it has in the past either. Getting stronger internally as well as the rest of me! AND....today was yet another mile stone, as in a 2 mile stone!
Once the weather clears again, I'll go do the nature trail and see if I can do that 2 miles outdoors, with hills and everything.

Next Goal, 2.5

I guess I've pretty much given up on losing anymore weight for now, though it would be NICE if it could happen...right now I will just work on getting stronger and building the stamina. To think, 4 years ago I stood on the stairs at Nye Beach gasping for breath after only 5 or 6 steps...today I could run up and down those stairs!

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 10/16/2014 2:58PM

    How awesome this is!

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PKCTTS 5/31/2014 6:04PM

    You were feeling very accomplished then, and now . . . Wow!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 5/31/2014 12:29PM

    Great memories, great progress. And just look at you now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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How to go Cruising and Not Gain Weight

Monday, April 07, 2014

3rd cruise under my belt, and 2nd that I did not gain weight.
Here are my suggestions and what I do to make sure I don't come home packing more weight than just the goodies in my suitcase.

#1. Get a cabin at the fore of the ship. This forces you to walk the entire length of the ship prior to and after every meal. Restaurants and buffets are typically located aft.

#2. Snorkelling. You can burn up to 150 calories in 40 minutes. (FYI, there are snorkel trips you can do in Canada and Alaska). The snorkelling tour I did had us in the water for 2 hours, and I knew I'd had a good workout when we got back to shore. There were people around me snoring on the bus trip back to the port.

#3. Avoid the elevator. I can't tell you now many times a day I climbed the stairs. Our cabin was on 7. Restaurant was on 5, buffet was on 11, sun deck was on 13. I took the elevator if my mother was with me, but otherwise I hoofed it.

#4. Active excursions...every excursion we took had us out and walking. Some walks were broken up between sites, others, like a botanical garden tour we did on Kauai had us walk over 2 miles. My mom is 90, so we walked slowly...but it's still time on our feet, not on our butts.

#5. It's okay to try everything that looks good at the buffet, but there' s no reason to take a full serving of everything. Take one bite of everything that looks good to you, then go back for 2nds of those dishes that you find spectacular. At dinner and lunch I filled my first plate 1/2 with salad (lettuce, tomato, cucumber, onions, and 2 or 3 olives, then a very light drizzle of dressing - no croutons, bacon, or cheese), then I took about 1 tablespoon of each entree to try.
Limit yourself to 1 dessert each night, and enjoy every bite.

#6. If you don't like it...DON'T EAT IT!!! This one is hard for me, I hate waste. There was one evening I took a scrumptious looking chocolate dessert. After 2 bites I realized it was dry and almost tasteless. I pushed it away and got some pineapple to take it's place. My sister in law is 100 lbs if she's lucky...I noticed at every meal she left more on the plate than she ate. I don't condone this kind of waste, she could have simply taken less at the buffet, but I'm sure this is part of how she stays so tiny.

#7. If eating in the dining room, get a salad and an appetizer, eat the salad first. All the salads I had were great, and the appetizers are small, many low-cal. Having these items first helped fill me up so I didn't eat all of the entree or sides.

#8. Avoid the alcohol. This cruise was on Norwegian. They really seem push the booze and soda much more than Princess or Holland America, and of course none of it is cheap! I had one mixed drink while on board, otherwise I stuck to the free fruit drinks, coffee, and the free water...lots of free water. I would walk up the stairs to the buffet area and fill up 2 glasses, carrying them back to my cabin. If it was the fruit drink, I burned off some of the calories in the process of getting it.

#9. If you have an at sea day, use the gym, or walk the deck. We had no at sea days this trip, so I didn't use this gym...I did do 3 laps around the deck one evening, giving me an extra mile on that day.

I got home yesterday and this morning I weighed the exact same as the day before we left....even with eating many more calories most days than I would on a normal work day.

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KLONG8 10/2/2014 1:57PM

    I love how you break it down, evaluate and then use skills to keep within your plan. Nicely done. Now I just need a cruise!

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MIDDLTEACH 8/6/2014 7:14PM

    Great advice. Thanks.

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LOU1DAY 4/21/2014 7:00PM

    Looks like these comments are turning into "cruise tips," but one thing we did was to eat breakfast at the buffet and dinner in the dining room; lunch depended on where we were, as it was sometimes included in an excursion. Also, it takes a friendly group to do this, but sometimes for dinner, each person at the table would order a different dessert, and then we'd take tastes of each dessert (different spoons, the waiters were great about going along with this). If the others didn't want to do this, DH and I would share our desserts with each other - a good way to get the tastes without all the calories.

I've taken 3 cruises and actually lost weight on one of them, but that was probably because I got sick - different story!

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HIPPICHICK1 4/10/2014 9:49AM

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SCRAPBECCA 4/9/2014 9:53PM

    What great suggestions that clearly work. Well done on your success at maintaining your weight while on your cruise!

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BERRY4 4/9/2014 2:50PM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing such useful hints & suggestions! We hope 2 take an Alaskan Cruise sometime soon.

Glad you were able to spend the time with your mom!

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DOOBRIE 4/8/2014 4:12PM

    Oh, I so admire your self-control!


Thanks for the tips - I think I will have to print them out and take them with me on vacation!

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AMARILYNH 4/8/2014 12:34PM

    I too have learned it is possible to vacation without weight gain - what a great discovery that was! For me just being mindful and not automatically eating everything that was put in front of me (on a tour where dinner was NOT a buffet) was an important solution. Eating slowly then pushing the plate away when I was satisfied worked for me. Sometimes (when the food was especially tasty) I'd even resort to placing my napkin over the plate - whatever it takes!!

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TOWHEE 4/7/2014 10:05PM

    Congratulations Robin. emoticon The best I've done is 1.5 pounds on an 18-day cruise.

I agree with everything you've written and would like to add the following comments:

After my first cruise I learned that I couldn't have the appetizer and the soup and the salad and the pasta and the entree and the dessert. For my metabolism I can only have three items. Usually I would have fruit for dessert, since that would satisfy my sweet tooth. That left an entree and either soup or salad or appetizer.
My big problem is the "milk and cookies" at mid-afternoon. Sometimes there was ice cream too. The solution is to make sure you're busy on shore or some place far far away from the buffet.
I would walk the outside deck(s) every day, either before we got into port and after we left. You would be surprised at how many people there are out and about in the morning getting their "daily constitutional".

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BLC 24 registration opens today

Friday, December 27, 2013

For those interested in the Biggest Loser challenge, registration opens today for NEW and/or FORMER BLC members. It will remain open for 2 weeks, or until the teams are filled.
More info here!


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GAYEMC 12/27/2013 8:17PM

    I've already requested the Sting Rays again. Hope all is well with you and you had a wonderful Christmas with the family. I'm thinking about the 1st run since it's supposed to be dry.

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LARIESHA 12/27/2013 1:22PM

    I signed up again! Now that I have time for myself I am sure I can keep up! emoticon

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FITAT50 12/27/2013 10:30AM

    I'm in! emoticon

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30 Day Abs Challenge

Thursday, August 29, 2013

I'll be starting this one again September 1st. I know AKAShelly and CBaileyC are both in for it as well. It is a toughy, and last time I attempted it, I stopped after day 15, even with adapting it for more rest days. It will be interesting to see how far I can get this time.

Here is a link to a full size JPG of the calendar. Feel free to copy it.


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MARGARITTM 9/13/2013 4:24PM

    OK chickie are you still in?

Day 13 done!

PS do you have any tips on hiking Zion? Planning a trip next Spring

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KASHMIR 9/5/2013 1:19PM

    Will do Day 5 this evening.

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MARGARITTM 9/5/2013 11:33AM

    OK I'm on day 5 - who is still in?

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GAYEMC 9/4/2013 5:03PM

    WOW! That's some challenge. But I know you can do it!

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RENEWNAN 8/31/2013 9:10AM

    I am interested. Need kick started so shout at me in the morning please

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MARGARITTM 8/30/2013 12:52PM

    OK I'm in! Just copied it out.... watch out here I come

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HIPPICHICK1 8/30/2013 11:00AM

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RUNNERJUDY 8/30/2013 12:42AM

    ouch! that's one tough challenge!

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FITAT50 8/29/2013 9:19PM

    I love these challenges! Thanks for sharing it Robin!

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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 8/29/2013 8:49PM

    Tell me more! I do allot of crunches almost every day so I might be interested in this one too.

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We go UP...We go Down....We go UP...We go....

Monday, August 19, 2013

This weekend's challenge includes posting a blog about how I have weathered the ups and downs of weight loss/learning to live healthy again.

Very much like the trip through the Inside Passage this past Friday, I've had my ups, I've had my downs, I've allowed myself to blow off course, I've had a headwind (my own head) that has held me back. The past year or more, I've been pretty stagnant. and I know it's all about what's going on in my own head...as my running coach says, the longest distance in any race is the 12 inches between your ears. I've allowed that 12 inches to definitely get in my way.
previously, I actually made it to my weight goal, as well as my fitness goal. At one point in this fabulous journey, I was actually down to 125 lbs, and had a body fat measurement of 20%. then the head got in the way, and I've struggled ever since. But...that is the salient point...I've continued on. even if I've frustrated myself, even if I've sabotaged myself, I've continued on.
today, after a full 7 days of rest, relaxation, fun, and family time; myhead appears to be in a better place. Will it stay there? possibly...if it doesn't, will I have a plan in place? Yep...not sure what it shall be yet, but a ghost of a plan is floating around my brainpan, and my ears are in tune to listen. the niggling memory of my old trainer, who helped me achieve that 20% body fat, is making itsself heard. as is the reminder I receive at least once a month that my old gym "wants me back".

As usual, this blog has been a stream of consciousness blat; not much about how I weathered the past, but more about my thinking, and accepting, that I need to weather the future.

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SANDLADY48 8/21/2013 12:22PM

    That's why we all NEED vacations. Glad you have a new perspective, roll with it!

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HIPPICHICK1 8/20/2013 4:10PM

    Wise words, woman.
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HANSBRINK 8/20/2013 12:03PM

  I really like this quote:

as my running coach says, the longest distance in any race is the 12 inches between your ears.

For some reason, it struck home. Thanks and congrats on your journey. Shows to the rest of us that life is variable with ups and downs.

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JLITT62 8/20/2013 7:46AM

    There's a reason it's called maintenance . . . because it's a never ending journey we must maintain! And the most important part is never giving up - I think you have that part down pat!

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FITAT50 8/20/2013 6:51AM

    Sending you some emoticon to help weather your future!

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BERRY4 8/20/2013 12:15AM

    That's why it's called a "journey"... lots of experiences, side roads, discoveries, friends, "stuff" along the way--both good and not so good.

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MAGGIEVAN 8/19/2013 11:42PM

    You are doing fine! Congrats with your achievements.

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WOLFKITTY 8/19/2013 11:07PM

    Go get it, girlie.

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